Longevity. Industry knowledge. Breadth of experience. Credibility. Integrity. Reputation. Trust.



These are just a few of the reasons why Charles H. Boden Thoroughbreds could be the perfect fit for your bloodstock needs. Charlie’s main focus is on assisting clients with the purchase and sale of Thoroughbreds at public auction and through private sales to race and breed.

Charlie's mission is to use his well-rounded experience, in conjunction with a keen eye for an athlete, knowledge of statistics and pedigree analysis to provide clients with the highest quality of bloodstock services.

Charlie got his start in the Thoroughbred industry when he went to work for trainer R.J. “Boston Bob” Pincins at Roundhouse Farm in Pewee Valley, KY. In the two decades that followed, he facilitated equine loans at a bank, served as Vice President of Matchmaker Breeders' Exchange and worked as an independent bloodstock agent. He then managed the stallion careers of Bernardini, Street Sense, Hard Spun, Street Cry, Medaglia d'Oro and others at Darley America for nearly a decade. After a year at Calumet Farm as its racing manager and stallion director, in 2016 he decided to launch Charles H. Boden Thoroughbreds.

An interview with Charlie.

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Here we are in the week after the Kentucky Derby and as I lick my wounds from not handicapping it right (again), it is pretty easy to make very good sense of the result given the track bias toward speed that day. A couple of horses that figured to be in the mix had trouble (CLASSIC EMPIRE and MCCRAKEN), more than a couple didn’t belong, and the winner made more sense than ever when you think that Johnny V. and Todd Pletcher had gone 0 for 10 when trying to get it done together. That is a stat that could … … …

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Charlie Boden Portfolio Management

Portfolio Management

Rest assured your horses will be in good hands. With Charlie’s expertise and guidance, you’ll have the ability to make important breeding, buying and selling decisions to take your Thoroughbred portfolio to the next level. Charlie has worked with clients like Bobby Flay, G. Watts Humphrey, John H. Peace, Philip Robertson, Colts Neck Stables and Ann Bakhaus’s Keene Ridge Racing.

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Advising

Charlie is a good judge of equine form. He can find undervalued and developing horses in training that can become stars in your barn. His vast knowledge of successful pedigree crosses and trends, and his keen eye for strong physical qualities can help you take the guesswork out of buying, selling, and mating your horses. He’ll give his honest opinion on what he thinks is your best bet, and why.

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Auction Purchases

Charlie has spent over 30 years attending sales around the world evaluating horses as a buyer and a seller. His experience on both sides of public Thoroughbred auctions give him a great advantage in deciding who to buy from and who to sell with. Charlie is familiar with all the major players in the industry so you don't have to be.

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Racing and Partnerships

Want to get involved in the Thoroughbred game for a smaller investment? Consider sharing the cost with others. Charlie has the connections and knowledge to put together racing or breeding partnerships with the greatest potential to succeed. Who knows? He may even join in on the fun.

“Charlie is not only one of the most knowledgeable and wise men in Kentucky, he's also one of the most likable. He walks the walk and talks the talk, and no one better proves the adage that the Thoroughbred business is, first and foremost, a people business.”



John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser

2017-02-21T18:05:01+00:00
“Charlie is not only one of the most knowledgeable and wise men in Kentucky, he's also one of the most likable. He walks the walk and talks the talk, and no one better proves the adage that the Thoroughbred business is, first and foremost, a people business.” John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser

“Charlie Boden is known throughout the thoroughbred industry as a trusted insider and a knowledgeable forecaster of bloodstock. He bought me my first stakes winner and I've been hooked ever since.”


Bobby Flay, celebrity chef. His first horse, stakes-placed Gilded Gold, was purchased by Charlie.

2017-02-21T18:20:25+00:00
“Charlie Boden is known throughout the thoroughbred industry as a trusted insider and a knowledgeable forecaster of bloodstock. He bought me my first stakes winner and I've been hooked ever since.” Bobby Flay, celebrity chef. His first horse, stakes-placed Gilded Gold, was purchased by Charlie.

“I have known Charlie for a long time. He has been associated with and worked for some of the biggest names in the business through the years and all of them have made great strides forward with his help. His experience makes him a valuable source of insight and direction.”



Todd Pletcher, 7-time Eclipse Award winning trainer

2017-03-15T18:40:29+00:00
“I have known Charlie for a long time. He has been associated with and worked for some of the biggest names in the business through the years and all of them have made great strides forward with his help. His experience makes him a valuable source of insight and direction.” Todd Pletcher, 7-time Eclipse Award winning trainer

“Charlie has been around the world while associated with the biggest and best names in the game. He is as honest as the day is long. I've used his advice to help manage my equine investments for a number of years - a great source of wisdom and ideas.”



Gary Stevens, Hall of Fame jockey

2017-02-27T21:52:53+00:00
“Charlie has been around the world while associated with the biggest and best names in the game. He is as honest as the day is long. I've used his advice to help manage my equine investments for a number of years - a great source of wisdom and ideas.” Gary Stevens, Hall of Fame jockey

“Shawnee Farm has had a long association with Charlie. He has assisted us with both private purchases and advised us on breeding decisions. We have always been impressed with his professionalism and integrity in all of our transactions.”



G. Watts Humphrey, Jr., owner and longtime client

2017-03-13T17:37:07+00:00
“Shawnee Farm has had a long association with Charlie. He has assisted us with both private purchases and advised us on breeding decisions. We have always been impressed with his professionalism and integrity in all of our transactions.” G. Watts Humphrey, Jr., owner and longtime client

“I have had the pleasure to not only work with Charlie on several occasions, but also to be his friend. He is first class.”



Rusty Arnold, multiple graded stakes winning trainer

2017-02-27T21:55:30+00:00
“I have had the pleasure to not only work with Charlie on several occasions, but also to be his friend. He is first class.” Rusty Arnold, multiple graded stakes winning trainer

“Charlie is not only one of the most knowledgeable and wise men in Kentucky, he's also one of the most likable. He walks the walk and talks the talk, and no one better proves the adage that the Thoroughbred business is, first and foremost, a people business.”



John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser

“Charlie Boden is known throughout the thoroughbred industry as a trusted insider and a knowledgeable forecaster of bloodstock. He bought me my first stakes winner and I've been hooked ever since.”


Bobby Flay, celebrity chef. His first horse, stakes-placed Gilded Gold, was purchased by Charlie.

“I have known Charlie for a long time. He has been associated with and worked for some of the biggest names in the business through the years and all of them have made great strides forward with his help. His experience makes him a valuable source of insight and direction.”



Todd Pletcher, 7-time Eclipse Award winning trainer

“Charlie has been around the world while associated with the biggest and best names in the game. He is as honest as the day is long. I've used his advice to help manage my equine investments for a number of years - a great source of wisdom and ideas.”



Gary Stevens, Hall of Fame jockey

“Shawnee Farm has had a long association with Charlie. He has assisted us with both private purchases and advised us on breeding decisions. We have always been impressed with his professionalism and integrity in all of our transactions.”



G. Watts Humphrey, Jr., owner and longtime client

“I have had the pleasure to not only work with Charlie on several occasions, but also to be his friend. He is first class.”



Rusty Arnold, multiple graded stakes winning trainer

ENGLISH CHANNEL

SONIC MULE

GILDED GOLD

SUCCESS

Purchased Belva, the dam of

ENGLISH CHANNEL

as a maiden mare and recommended the mating with Smart Strike that produced the 2007 champion grass horse.


“Smart Strike had stumbled out of the gate, but had started to show quality with some of his stock on the racetrack. I loved the pedigree. (Belva) was kind of plain, but by Theatrical and from a speed-oriented family.” –Charles Boden

Bought stakes-placed runner

GILDED GOLD

on behalf of celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

Charlie privately acquired the daughter of Gilded Time after she broke her maiden, and the mare became Flay’s initial entry into the Thoroughbred business.

Purchased for $175,000 on behalf of Calumet Farm as a yearling at Keeneland September,

SONIC MULE

won the 2017 Mucho Macho Man Stakes and 2016 Buffalo Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park; placed in multiple other stakes, including the G2 Swale and G2 Saratoga Special.

On behalf of Calumet Farm, Charlie purchased

TERM OF ART

for $220,000 as a yearling at Keeneland September,
who won the 2016 G3 Cecil B. DeMile Stakes and placed in the G2 San Felipe Stakes.

Demonstrated instrumental leadership in managing the

DARLEY STALLIONS

from 2006-2015, including top sires Street Cry, Medaglia d’Oro and Bernardini. Charlie led the sales team, which twice took Darley to the top of the leaderboard of all American farms by number of mares bred.

Other successful horses Charlie recommended or purchased as yearlings or in training:

April Starlight (G3P), Crafty Shaw (MG3W), Delay of Game (G3W, G2P), Hollywood Don (SW) Kentucky Rose (SW, G3P), Liberty Gold (G3W, G1P), Minister’s Baby (G3W), Primrose Valley (G3P), Top Secret (G2W, G1P), Tutorial (SW, G3P), War Correspondent (G3W)


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